Psalm 18:50
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New International Version
He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing love to his anointed, to David and to his descendants forever.

King James Bible
Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

Darby Bible Translation
[It is he] who giveth great deliverances to his king, and sheweth loving-kindness to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

World English Bible
He gives great deliverance to his king, and shows loving kindness to his anointed, to David and to his seed, forevermore. For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Magnifying the salvation of His king, And doing kindness to His anointed, To David, and to his seed -- unto the age!

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Great deliverance giveth he to his king - David was a king of God's appointment, and was peculiarly favored by him. Literally, He is magnifying the salvations of his king. He not only delivers, but follows up those deliverances with innumerable blessings.

Showeth mercy - to David - I have no claim upon his bounty. I deserve nothing from him, but he continues to show mercy.

To his seed - His posterity. So the words זרע zera and σπερμα, in the Old and New Testament, should be universally translated. The common translation is totally improper, and now more so than formerly, when anatomy was less understood.

For evermore - עד עולם ad olam, for ever; through all duration of created worlds. And more - the eternity that is beyond time. This shows that another David is meant, with another kind of posterity, and another sort of kingdom. From the family of David came the man Christ Jesus; his posterity are the genuine Christians; his kingdom, in which they are subjects, is spiritual. This government shall last through all time, for Christianity will continue to prevail till the end of the world: and it will be extended through eternity; for that is the kingdom of glory in which Jesus reigns on the throne of his Father, and in which his followers shall reign with him for ever and ever.

It has already been remarked that this whole Psalm has been understood as relating to the passion and victories of Christ, and the success of the Gospel in the earth. In this way Bishop Horne has understood and paraphrased it; and in the same way it is considered by the ancient Psalter, so often mentioned. Many of the primitive fathers and modern interpreters have taken the same view of it. Those passages which I judged to have this meaning I have pointed out, and have only to add that, as David was a type of Christ, many things spoken of him primarily, refer to our Lord ultimately; but much judgment and caution are required in their application. To apply the whole Psalm in this way appears to me very injudicious, and often derogatory from the majesty of Christ. Let this be my excuse for not following the same track in which many of my predecessors have gone.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Great

Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion.

Psalm 78:71,72 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance...

Psalm 89:3,4 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to David my servant...

Psalm 144:10 It is he that gives salvation to kings: who delivers David his servant from the hurtful sword.

1 Samuel 21:10 And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

1 Samuel 16:1 And the LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?...

Acts 2:34-36 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit you on my right hand...

Philippians 2:9-11 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name...

to his

Psalm 89:20-38 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him...

Psalm 132:10 For your servant David's sake turn not away the face of your anointed.

2 Samuel 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

1 Chronicles 17:11-14,27 And it shall come to pass, when your days be expired that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will raise up your seed after you...

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful...

Luke 1:31-33,69 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS...

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed...

Library
August 2. "Thy Gentleness Hath Made Me Great" (Ps. xviii. 35).
"Thy gentleness hath made me great" (Ps. xviii. 35). The blessed Comforter is gentle, tender, and full of patience and love. How gentle are God's dealings even with sinners! How patient His forbearance! How tender His discipline, with His own erring children! How He led Jacob, Joseph, Israel, David, Elijah, and all His ancient servants, until they could truly say, "Thy gentleness hath made me great." The heart in which the Holy Spirit dwells will always be characterized by gentleness, lowliness,
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Division of Actual Grace
Actual grace may be divided according to: (1) the difference existing between the faculties of the human soul, and (2) in reference to the freedom of the will. Considered in its relation to the different faculties of the soul, actual grace is either of the intellect, or of the will, or of the sensitive faculties. With regard to the free consent of the will, it is either (1) prevenient, also called cooeperating, or (2) efficacious or merely sufficient. 1. THE ILLUMINATING GRACE OF THE INTELLECT.--Actual
Joseph Pohle—Grace, Actual and Habitual

The Ark among the Flags
'And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 4. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. 5. And the daughter of Pharaoh came
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

This State of Prayer not one of Idleness, but of Noble Action, Wrought by the Spirit of God, and in Dependence Upon Him --The Communication Of
Some people, hearing of the prayer of silence, have wrongly imagined that the soul remains inactive, lifeless, and without movement. But the truth is, that its action is more noble and more extensive than it ever was before it entered this degree, since it is moved by God Himself, and acted upon by His Spirit. St Paul desires that we should be led by the Spirit of God (Rom. viii. 14). I do not say that there must be no action, but that we must act in dependence upon the divine movement. This
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

Cross References
Psalm 21:1
For the director of music. A psalm of David. The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give!

Psalm 28:8
The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

Psalm 89:4
I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.'"

Psalm 89:29
I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure.

Psalm 144:10
to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword

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